The Cardinal & Blue Award goes to….

Congrats to our Fresno State Kinesiology Department! They were recently awarded the inaugural College of Health and Human Services’ “Cardinal & Blue” Award, given to the department with the highest percentage of attendance at the 2014 commencement! Pictured is Associate Dean Mitzi Lowe (l), Interim Dean Jody Hironaka-Juteau (m) and Kinesiology Chair Scott Sailor…and it’s safe to say, they were excited. #GoDogs! Who will come away the winner next year? Stay tuned!

CHHS in the News!

We’ve had a very busy and exciting week here at the College of Health and Human Services! From exciting new initiatives and projects, to tapping into the expertise of our faculty, the news media community has taken notice. Here are some of the stories that you might have seen lately on your local news:

$606,226 Social Work grant to train students working with Latinos

Video courtesy of ABC30.

Read more about that Consejo Project HERE.


Public Health Department Children’s Health and Air Pollution Study

Video courtesy of KSEE24.

Read more about the study HERE.


School of Nursing reflects on precautionary measures for healthcare workers dealing with Ebola

Video courtesy of ABC30.

Celebrating our Engagement: Bold Faculty Research at Forefront

We are just one week away from our second annual Celebrating our Engagement event, to be held on Thursday, October 23rd from 5:00 – 7:00 PM in North Gym 118! This event is an interdisciplinary open house showcasing outstanding faculty research, exciting new initiatives and innovative student projects.

Click to view video in it’s entirety. Video courtesy of KSEE24 Central Valley Today.

This year, we are excited to have 24 research projects represented by faculty from the various academic disciplines within our seven departments in the College of Health and Human Services. Dr. Kara Zografos, Associate Professor in the Department of Public Health, appeared on KSEE24’s Central Valley Today to talk about her collaborative project with fellow Public Health Professors, Dr. John Capitman and Dr. Jaymin Kwon, regarding air quality in the valley. You can learn more about their project, Children’s Health and Air Pollution Study: Creating Research Opportunities for Fresno State Students and Faculty, at the Celebrating our Engagement event – where they will serve as our main presenters of the evening. We’ll also have our 23 other research projects on display throughout the room, so please stop by and learn all about the innovative and bold projects going on in our college!

This event also gives fellow faculty, administrators, alumni and the community a chance to meet and congratulate new and recently promoted faculty members and learn more about the critical role that community engagement plays in achieving the college’s mission and its commitment to Live Well Central California.

Registration for this event is highly encouraged. You may RSVP online at: using RSVP code: CELEBRATE. For any questions regarding registration, please contact Beth Wilkinson at 559.278.5276.

Join the Talk October 16th!

Join the College of Health and Human Service faculty and Centers/Institutes staff as we talk shop, connect, learn and inspire collaboration for present and future research opportunities! The next CHHS Shop Talk is happening this Thursday, October 16th. Shop Talk will happen every third Thursday during the academic year, from 3:30 – 5:00 pm. Each session will highlight the research and work of two faculty within the college.

Dr. Samendra Sherchan
Dr. Samendra Sherchan

Come and learn about the work of our newest faculty Dr. Monica Rivera, Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, and Dr. Samendra Sherchan, Assisant Professor in the Department of Public Health.

Dr. Monica Rivera

Please note: Shop Talk is currently open only to faculty and staff. To reserve your spot or to learn more, please contact Diahann Gutierrez at 


$606,226 grant to help train social work students working with latinos

A $606,226 grant will help train Fresno State social work students to serve Spanish-speaking children, adolescents, transitional aged youth (ages 16-25) and their families in areas where Latinos are a majority of the population.

The three-year grant is funded by the Health Resources and Service Administration Bureau of Health Professions and will be implemented locally through Consejo: A Latino Behavioral Health Practice Project for Central California. Consejo is a collaboration between Fresno State Master of Social Work students and behavioral health agencies in Fresno, Kings, Madera and Tulare counties.

“The Department of Social Work Education recognizes the tremendous need for training culturally and linguistically competent behavioral health professionals,” said Irán Barrera, co-principal investigator for the project. “These professionals will go on to serve the expanding and youthful Latino population, especially among those who experience numerous behavioral health disparities.”

Lobby.days.3.smallA total of 40 graduate students who express intent to work with the Spanish-speaking population and meet other grant criteria will be selected for the program. Each student will be involved in the program for one year and will receive a stipend of $10,000. Students will be placed in behavioral health settings with a large population of Spanish-speaking clients and will be guided by bilingual field advisers.

Barrera said there is an emphasis on providing services to this targeted population in areas where it is needed most, which include the counties of Fresno, Kings, Madera and Tulare.

“The Hispanic population is growing, but not in the bilingual behavior care workforce,” Barrera said. “Right now, Hispanics face barriers in accessing care due to the language barriers and lack of cultural awareness that currently exists. Providing more Spanish-speaking clinicians who are able to identify cultural elements of prevention, intervention and treatment of behavioral health is critical in eliminating mental health care disparities among Hispanics.”

The project includes curriculum that mirrors Barrera’s own research. Coursework will explore how clinicians can use a humanistic approach and how that will impact retention and effectiveness of client care. The project also involves a bilingual student curriculum in English and Spanish.

“We are in a mental health shortage area and are in dire need of clinicians in behavioral mental health programs who speak Spanish,” Barrera said. “This project is the first of its kind and we expect this to lead to something even bigger to meet the needs of the Central Valley.”

TR.Ceaser.Chavez.2014.smallAccording to data from the Pew Hispanic Center, two-thirds of Hispanics live largely in five states, with California being one of them. Hispanics make up a majority of the population in Fresno, Kings, Madera and Tulare counties. The Latino population is the fastest growing minority population in the country.

“We are very excited about this grant and the faculty research and student learning that will occur,” said Virginia Rondero Hernandez, chair of the Department of Social Work Education and Consejo’s co-principal investigator. “It is the first federally-funded behavioral health workforce development award granted to the University and is being referred to as cutting-edge by our funders. Our partner agencies view the Consejo project as innovative and timely for our region.”

The project will welcome its first cohort in November and will conclude with its second cohort in fall 2017.

To learn more about the Consejo project, contact Iran Barrera at 559.278.0398.

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Meet Discovery Student Ambassador Rabina Lally!


“There is so much diversity in the nursing program and that is why I love Fresno State.”

Fresno State School of Nursing student, Rabina Lally, is a ‪‎Discovery‬ Student Ambassador! This initiative, under the Fresno State Alumni Association, allows current student to meet and interact with Fresno State alumni to talk about their student and life experiences since they graduated. It’s a fantastic way to keep the Bulldog pride alive! We’ll be highlighting the Discovery Student Ambassadors within our college, over the next few months. Here are some fun facts about Rabina:

Name: Rabina Lally 056b404

Hometown: Sanger, CA

Major: Nursing

Passions/Hobbies: I really enjoy cycling, keeping up with the latest movies and televisions shows, and glass blowing.

Degree objective: I ultimately want to obtain a Masters in Nursing and pursue a career as a Family Nurse Practitioner.

What I love most about Fresno State: The things I love most about Fresno State is the amount of diversity that we have here among students, professors, majors and even clubs. I really enjoy being a part of so much culture and watching it mix on a daily basis.

What I plan to do after I graduate: After I graduate I want to work as an ER nurse and go on to pursue my Masters degree. Before I go back to school, I want to do some traveling to South America, and Eastern and Southern Europe.

You are certainly on the right path Rabina! Good luck on your #bold goals.

View the video above to learn more about Rabina and the work she is doing with Discovery!

‪#‎BulldogBEST‬ ‪#‎LiveWellLeaders‬

Our College empowers students to take a whole body approach to improving the quality of life. Our faculty and students are dedicated to helping Central California live well. Click through the slideshow to the right to learn about each of our seven departments within our college: Communicative Disorders and Deaf Studies, Kinesiology, Physical Therapy, Public Health, Recreation Administration, School of Nursing and Social Work Education and Gerontology.


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